Susanna Burhans pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty in Madison County, Ala. She’s a former U.S. Postal Service worker.
By Ashley Remkus | [email protected], AL.COM
An Alabama woman has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge for feeding a dog meatballs laced with nails in 2017 when she worked for the U.S. Postal Service.
Susanna Burhans was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 50 hours of community service and two years of probation, court records show. She will serve her sentence on weekends, court records show. She’s required to report to the Madison County jail by 5 p.m. today.
Burhans, a 49-year-old former mail carrier, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a reduced misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. If Burhans violates the terms of her probation, she could face more than five months in jail. She didn’t return calls from AL.com seeking comment.
Burhans’ case received national attention when she was arrested in 2017on a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty. She threw the nail-laced meatballs at a dog along her mail route in New Hope, a small city southeast of Huntsville, said Madison County Assistant District Attorney Randy Dill.
The dog named “Missy” was taken to a vet for treatment and is now in good health, her owners told AL.com today.
The Postal Service suspended Burhans pending an investigation of the case. She resigned months later, said Debbie Fetterly, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service. Burhans worked for the Postal Service for about 23 years.
“The U.S. Postal Service employs more than 625,000 employees and is the largest civilian federal workforce in the country,” said Jeldrys Lowry, assistant special agent in charge for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, in a statement. “This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated and the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees, which serve the public, are honest, hardworking, and trustworthy individuals who would never consider engaging in any type of criminal behavior.”